Speaking on The Kyle and Jackie O Show on Wednesday, the radio presenter, 51, recounted the time he was ‘going to bash’ Meldrum, 79, after he flew into a jealous rage over Sandilands getting a judging role on Australian Idol.
Meldrum believed he should have got the job, based on his industry experience and years hosting iconic music show Countdown.
Kyle Sandilands (pictured) has weighed in on Molly Meldrum’s recent erratic behaviour, revealing he had a ‘run-in’ with the TV legend 15 years ago
‘Me and Molly had a big run-in, years ago,’ Sandilands told his co-host Jackie ‘O’ Henderson.
‘He got so jealous that I was the judge on Australian Idol, that he thought he should have been. I went off on him, I was gonna bash him.’
The pair’s blow-up happened on air in 2007 when Sandilands was hosting the breakfast show for 2Day FM.
Meldrum was almost incoherent as he rambled for seven minutes about the Idol snub, even describing Sandilands as ‘fat’ and ‘arrogant’.
The pair’s blow-up happened on air in 2007. Meldrum (pictured in December 2022) was almost incoherent as he rambled for seven minutes about Sandilands being hired as a judge on Australian Idol instead of him, even describing the radio presenter as ‘fat’ and ‘arrogant’
‘At least I’m not a drunk. At least I’m not some drunk tragedy hiding under a hat,’ Sandilands snapped at the time.
Meldrum then told Sandilands to ‘get off television’, adding that his advice on Australian Idol meant ‘sweet jack s**t’ to the contestants.
Speaking on his KIIS FM show on Wednesday, Sandilands recalled bumping into Meldrum on a flight a year after their on-air clash.
‘I walked onto the aeroplane and he’s sitting in the chair next to me,’ he said. ‘I looked at him and he went, “Oh, no,” and I went, “Oh, yes, your day has come.”‘
Meldrum exposed his bare buttocks live on stage at Elton John’s farewell concert in Melbourne last Friday, later blaming the incident on a faulty belt buckle
The legendary Australian music critic was watching his old friend Sir Elton in the crowd at AAMI Park for his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour, before he was brought up on stage
To Sandilands’ surprise, Meldrum apologised for his behaviour.
‘He was very genuine about it and he admitted he was jealous. He just couldn’t control his jealousy,’ he said.
It comes after Meldrum’s former protégé Samuel Johnson vowed to never speak to the TV legend again after his latest attention-seeking display.
Meldrum had exposed his bare buttocks live on stage at Elton John’s farewell concert in Melbourne last Friday, later blaming the incident on a faulty belt buckle.
Meldrum’s former protégé Samuel Johnson (right) on Tuesday vowed to never speak to the TV legend again after his latest attention-seeking display
Johnson, while acknowledging his long friendship with Meldrum, said on Tuesday the mooning incident was the last straw after years of holding his tongue, adding that he was ‘sick’ of the music critic’s increasingly erratic behaviour.
He told The Morning Show hosts Kylie Gillies and Larry Emdur: ‘He’s helped me out of a legal pickle, I’ve known him for 20 years. He visited my sister in hospital when she was sick with cancer when she was 11 in the 1980s
‘I’m really grateful for everything that Molly’s done in our lives.’
But things changed at the Logie Awards in 2017 when Meldrum stole Johnson’s spotlight as he was on stage accepting the Gold Logie for his performance in the Channel Seven miniseries Molly, based on Meldrum’s life.
His relationship with Meldrum changed at the Logie Awards in 2017 when the music critic stole Johnson’s spotlight as he was on stage accepting the Gold Logie for his performance in the Channel Seven miniseries Molly, based on Meldrum’s life
‘When I won the Gold Logie, I was about to have my million-dollar moment and I told him not to come up on stage. He wasn’t nominated, it was my moment,’ Johnson said.
He wanted to use the opportunity to promote his charity, Love Your Sister, and to thank his sister Connie, who was battling cancer at the time and would die months later.
Johnson hoped the moment would be similar to Carrie Bickmore’s Gold Logie speech two years earlier when she launched her Beanies 4 Brain Cancer charity.
‘I wanted to make [my speech] about cancer and he wanted to make it all about the network… It was an absolute catastrophe,’ the actor said.
‘He warbled in a very drunken fashion for eight whole minutes! Now I’ve seen him do it again at the Elton John concert.’
Johnson then expressed concern for the music legend.
‘Maybe it’s time to hang up your hat, mate,’ he said. ‘I hope he’s okay.’
Johnson said he never forgave Meldrum for upstaging him at the 2017 Logie Awards (pictured), where he had hoped to use his time on stage to promote his charity, Love Your Sister. Instead, a rambling and incoherent Meldrum made it all about himself
Johnson went on to say he didn’t buy Meldrum’s excuse for mooning the crowd at the Elton John concert, noting that if he had had a belt malfunction ‘we would have seen his undies, not his bum’.
‘For years I haven’t said anything, because I don’t want to say anything,’ he added.
‘Who are his minders? Is he okay? He shouldn’t be allowed out in the afternoon – he’s sozzled by that time.’
Johnson went on to suggest Meldrum has a problem with alcohol, claiming he has ‘two shots of vodka in his coffee in the morning’.
Johnson played Meldrum in the Channel Seven miniseries Molly, for which he won the Gold Logie (pictured on the show). Sadly, his victory was undermined when Meldrum barged on stage during his acceptance speech
‘If I want to make any sense out of him, I’ve got to see him for midday. Stop, Molly!’ he exclaimed.
Gillies then suggested that perhaps Johnson was in a position to give Meldrum a call and ‘have a chat’ about his behaviour, but Johnson said he hadn’t spoken to him since the Logies debacle six years ago.
‘I’ll never speak to him again. He cost my charity a million dollars that night,’ he said.
‘Can someone look after him? Can someone care for him? Can someone? I’m really worried about him. I’m not cross at him. I’m just really worried,’ he added.
Johnson first spoke about Meldrum’s troubling behaviour during an interview on 4BC’s Afternoons with Sofie Formica on Monday.
‘He needs to hang up his hat. Now,’ he said bluntly.
He made similar remarks on WSFM’s Jonesy & Amanda on Tuesday morning.
He made similar remarks on WSFM’s Jonesy & Amanda on Tuesday morning, admitting he was ‘trying to be diplomatic’ about Meldrum even though he was angry
‘Can I be honest?’ he said while taking a deep breath. ‘There’s a lot I haven’t said, and I’m trying really hard to be diplomatic.’
‘I’ve seen the same type of thing happen over and over again, including him – when I told him not to – coming up on stage during my Gold Logie win and ruining my Carrie’s Beanie moment where I was going to try to raise a lot of money for cancer research,’ he added.
‘[He came] up drunk as a skunk and babbling for eight minutes to finish the Logies that night.’
He then asked: ‘Who’s looking after him? He must not be out in the public during the PM, not with the way he drinks.’
Johnson asked: ‘Who’s looking after him? He must not be out in the public during the PM, not with the way he drinks’